Fall-inspired menus are popping up all over San Diego and we’re boo-yond excited to try them out. Sip pumpkin infused drinks overlooking the city, eat local squash in East County or eat Thanksgiving early in Little Italy. Living in sunny San Diego doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy fall treats like Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Acorn Squash, and seasonal Brussel Sprouts. Keep reading to see where we’re getting our fall fix!
Since opening in 2015, The Nolen became an instant hit with their cocktails and panoramic rooftop views of Downtown San Diego. Start happy hour on the roof with a Pimpkin, a cocktail with bourbon, amaro, fresh lemon, and of course – pumpkin purée. If you’re not a bourbon fan, the infamous Holy Molé with reposado tequila, ginger liqueur, orgeat syrup, fire water and a splash of apple juice is the perfect substitute. While you’re sipping your festive cocktails you can snack on the Charcuterie Board, which comes with the chef’s choice of meats and seasonal cheese, fruit, and jam. To complete your meal, get the Butternut Squash Arancini, a lightly fried risotto with fontina, and fridders. Don’t forget your jacket while you enjoy the fall weather from a birdseye view of San Diego.
The sister restaurant of Bencotto knows a thing or two about Fall-dining. Warm up before your meal with the Vecchio Stile cocktail, made with bourbon, chinato, an orange twist, and a sugar cube. Get your seasonal squash fix with the Gnocchi di Zucca, a butternut squash gnocchi in gorgonzola cream sauce. The gnocchi is low carb and vegetarian, appeasing an array of dietary restrictions. Can’t wait for Christmas to have chicken or ham? Have both with the Pollo Alla Valdostana, a breaded chicken breast with a white wine reduction, topped with ham, fontina, and mozzarella, served with mashed potatoes. Monello puts an Italian twist on all of your fall favorites.
The popular La Mesa-based Farmer’s Table is expanding to Bay Park and Little Italy in 2019. While we wait for the new locations closer to the city you can head out east for the restaurants Autumn-inspired dishes. Start your meal with the Cranberry Wild Boar Sausage appetizer, a soft polenta with Julian carmelized bell peppers and onions. If you’re looking for something to warm you up, we recommend the Baby Kale, a roasted butternut soup, with pomegranate seeds, blueberries, and candied walnuts garnished on top. For dinner try the Wood Fire Roast Chicken, which comes with a full fall feast including Brussel sprouts, fingerling potatoes, and roasted garlic butter sauce. If you’re in the mood for pizza we love the Speck, topped with Italian cured meat, pear, blue cheese, green onions, and fresh mozzarella.
Does anything scream fall more than a chicken pot pie? We didn’t think so! Head over the Pop Pie Co for an array of fall-focused pot pies. The Green Hog & Cheese is filled with braised pork shoulder and a blend of tomatillo, roasted pasilla, jalapeno chiles, and jack cheese. Another great option is the Steak & Ale, filled with slow-braised beef, carrots, mushrooms, fresh herbs, barley, butter beans, and dark ale gravy. If you’re looking for something on the sweeter side, you’re in luck because Pop Pie Co. is famous for both their sweet and savory pot pies. This season we’d recommend the Chocolate Pecan Pie or Apple Crumble.
The new steakhouse downtown, STK, has made a splash in the few short months it’s been open. Use their fall menu as an excuse to check out the new hot spot. Sip on a Strawberry Cobbler, a Belvedere cocktail with fresh muddled strawberry and a graham cracker crust. While you’re drinking your cocktail try the Shaved Brussel Sprouts, topped with cranberry, apple, Marcona almonds, and aged goat cheese to make them extra fall-centric. When you’re ready for the main course we recommend the Grilled Local Squash, which comes with heirloom tomatoes sunflower seeds, and aged sherry vinegar. If you’re a meat-eater you’d be pressed to find a better steak in San Diego, so make sure you take advantage of their small, medium, or large steak offerings.
It’s not officially Autumn until you cozy up on your couch with a cup of tea. Our favorite local spot to grab tea is Point Loma Tea in Liberty Station. For the fall season, they have Apple Cider, Apple Strudel, Honey Almond Cake, Gingerbread, Oktoberfest, Pecan Pie, and Spiced Mulling Tea. Right now Point Loma Tea is featuring a LoyalTEA Special that includes a tea brew mug, coaster, built in infuser basket and one fall tea sample for $25.00. Not sure when you can grab some tea? You can visit Point Loma Tea every Saturday on our Liberty Station Walking Tour!
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